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Executive Summary

2018 Crosstreks are on sale now at Planet Subaru!

Subaru debuted the current generation Crosstrek in 2013, and now the 2018 Crosstrek is all new.  There are big changes...the 2018 Crosstrek grows slightly in size and rides on an all-new platform with 40% better crash absorption capability.  Optional Orange paint makes a triumphant return for 2018 after a two-year hiatus.


  • All-new interior, roomier than before
  • All-new exterior, even cooler than before
  • 2.0-liter Boxer Engine with Direct Injection and more horsepower
  • Active Torque Vectoring for improved handling
  • Available X-Mode for off-road use
  • New Eyesight features
  • New Multimedia system adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring system now gives pressure readouts on individual tires

Changes to the 2018 Crosstrek:

2018 Crosstrek gets Eyesight upgrades 

including the addition of High Beam Assist and Reverse Automatic Braking when an obstacle is detected backing up.  (Forward Automatic Braking has been standard on Eyesight since it was first introduced). 

 Eyesight cameras.

Steering responsive LED headlights

Blind spot detection

2018 Crosstreks
get optional steering-responsive headlights which pivot in turns. 

Another technology, Blind Spot Detection, uses radar to detect vehicles in the blind spot and illuminate lights in the mirror housing to alert you.  BSD and Rear Cross Traffic Alert will come standard on the upper level trims without Eyesight, and all Eyesight models with have these features.  Both of these features were optional starting on the 2016 Crosstrek. 

Displacement will remain at 2.0 liters but output will improve.

...from 148 horsepower to 152.

Interior moves upscale.
New infotainment system will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that interface with Subaru's Starlink system.  Power seat will be available for the first time on a Crosstrek, as will Harman Kardon audio. 


Infotainment system incorporates the Rear Vision Camera and integrates AM/FM stereo and HD Radio®; Radio Data Broadcast System; single-disc in-dash CD player; Subaru STARLINK smartphone integration with Aha Infotainment, Pandora® and iHeart® Radio; Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming; iPod® control capability and iTunes® Tagging capability, USB port and aux. input jack.

New global architecture.

2018 Crosstrek rides on Subaru's common platform which will eventually underpin nearly all of Subaru's vehicles. Using one platform reduces development time and cost. 

Also known as a "chassis," a platform is the basic architecture of a vehicle. Obviously an Outback or a Forester need a bigger frame than a Crosstrek, but many of the vehicles will share more modular components than in the past, when Subaru had to start from scratch to build a new vehicle. 


Pricing increased only slightly.
See 2018 Crosstrek Models and Pricing.


t's remarkable that Subaru can continue, year after year, to include more and more equipment with price increases that don't even match inflation. 

Take a deep dive into the 2018 Crosstrek:

The Crosstrek is the second model to use the Subaru Global Platform that is designed to deliver significantly higher levels of driving pleasure, agility, crash protection and ride comfort.

In just its 3rd year of production, Crosstrek became Subaru's third best-selling model. The company reported it's 66th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases on June 1st. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will be offered in three trim levels: 2.0i base, Premium and Limited when it arrives at retailers late this Summer. Pricing begins at just $100 over the last generation model at $21,795. For the first time, the Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is available on the 2.0i base trim. This new model lowers the entry price for a CVT model compared to last generation.

Every Crosstrek is equipped with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and is offered as either a 6-speed manual or CVT, depending on trim level.  Upgraded from the previous model's 5-speed, the new 6-speed manual transmission models have fuel economy of 23city/29hwy and 25 combined miles per gallon. The CVT features a 7-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters (Premium and Limited trim only) that allow the driver to control the transmission via seven pre-set ratios. Fuel economy for CVT models is 27city/33hwy and 29 combined miles per gallon. The 2018 Crosstrek combines bold new design and a highly capable chassis with 8.7-in of ground clearance for versatility in both off-road and city driving.

A revised version of the FB 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine gains direct fuel injection and other enhancements to boost both performance (now 152-hp vs. 148 before) and drivability.

Subaru designed the 2018 Crosstrek to provide even higher levels of safety than the outgoing model, which was named an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ (when equipped with available EyeSight). The new platform underpinning the 2018 Crosstrek improves crash energy absorption by 40 percent over present models.

The Crosstrek 2.0i wears new 17-inch alloy wheels and has a suite of new standard features such as raised Stablex suspension and Active Torque Vectoring. CVT models have X-MODE and Hill Descent Control for enhanced performance in low-friction and off-road conditions. The interior has been upgraded with black simulated carbon fiber finish on the center dash panel as well as the front and rear door panels. There is also a new standard gloss black rear roof spoiler. All Crosstrek trims are equipped with roof rails and black side cladding.

A new 6.5-inch touchscreen for the SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia system adds Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™; power windows with auto up/down on both driver and passenger sides; 60/40-split fold-down rear seat; power door locks and side mirrors; multi-function display with fuel economy information; tilt and telescoping steering column; security system with engine immobilizer; carpeted floor mats; and more. 

With a standard 6-speed manual transmission, Premium trim Crosstreks are priced from $22,595. With just a $100 increase from last year, this trim adds SUBARU STARLINK™ Connected Services, the All-Weather Package featuring heated front seats, windshield Wiper De-Icer, and heated exterior mirrors as well as On/Off automatic headlights linked to windshield wiper operation. A new sound insulated windshield and Welcome Lighting are standard on the Premium trim. Stepping up to the Premium trim also brings wider option availability, including power moonroof and multiple driver assist technology systems. Models equipped with Subaru's award-winning EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology now include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Individual Wheel Pressure Display and an overhead console shower light.

The new Subaru Global Platform, together with the SUBARU BOXER® engine; Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD); and EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, represent the brand's core technologies and constitutes the foundation of the next generation of Subaru vehicles. Crosstrek's new platform incorporates new framework with optimized cross sections and highly stiffened joints between structures to significantly enhance straight-line stability, agility, and ride comfort while suppressing noise, vibration, and harshness to a degree not seen in the compact SUV class. Specifically, the new platform increases rigidity of the unitized body structure by over 70 percent.

The Limited continues as the top of the model line with upgrades over the Crosstrek Premium including the standard CVT with X-MODE with Hill Descent Control, SUBARU STARLINK™ 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus system, 18-in. machine finished alloy wheels, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and Pin Code Access, 6-way Power Driver's seat and new Steering Responsive Headlights which can illuminate curves as the vehicle steers into them. Limited trims include Automatic LED low and high beam height adjustment control. Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also standard. The 2018 Crosstrek 2.0i Limited is priced from $26,295.

The all-new interior on the Crosstrek Limited features black or new high-contrast gray leather with orange stitching on seats, door armrests and instrument panel. Limited trims include upgraded Multi-Function display and individual wheel display TPMS indicators. The exclusive instrument panel features white gauge cluster illumination, and new Harman/Kardon® premium audio is available in the Crosstrek for the first time.

The optional EyeSight system includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Lane Departure and Sway Warning. Optional enhancements to EyeSight-equipped Limited trims include navigation, High Beam Assist which automatically activates and deactivates the high beam headlights based on driving conditions, Reverse Automatic Braking and overhead console shower light.

All 2018 Crosstrek models include front driver and passenger seat side impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag.
SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia systems offer the latest in digital music playing, Bluetooth® wireless capability, iPod® control, Android Auto™ and CarPlay™, smartphone integration and more. The display screen acts as the display for the standard Rear- Vision camera, and the top-level system includes navigation.

SUBARU STARLINK™ Connected Services comes with the Safety Plus package that offers SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Report, and Diagnostic Alerts. This package can be upgraded to the Safety Plus & Security Plus package that adds Stolen Vehicle Recovery Service, Vehicle Security Alarm Notification, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn and Lights and Remote Vehicle Locator.





Applicable Option Code


MSRP + destination and delivery











2.0i Premium





2.0i Premium


11, 12, 13, 14



2.0i Limited


21, 22, 23












CODE 01 Standard Model 2.0i base 6MT


CODE 11 Standard Model 2.0i Premium 6MT


CODE 12 Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert


CODE 13 EyeSight® + Blind Spot Detection/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert


CODE 14 Eyesight® + Moonroof + Blind Spot Detection/ Rear Cross Traffic                 Alert


CODE 21 Standard Model 2.0i Limited


CODE 22 EyeSight® with Reverse Automatic Brake + High Beam Assist + Moonroof


CODE 23 EyeSight® with Reverse Automatic Brake + High Beam Assist + Navigation System + Harman Kardon® Amplifier and Speakers


Introductory Video

Crosstreks through the years:

Subaru technically introduced the XV Crosstrek name in 2013, but Subaru debuted its "mini-ute" as the Impreza Outback Sport in 1996.  Through four generations, the basic formula remains the same:  start with an Impreza hatchback, raise the suspension, and give it a rugged exterior. 


Subaru maintained maximum cool factor with this latest generation, but changed almost everything.  Built on an all-new platform that will ultimately underpin most Subaru models, crash absorption capability increases by a stunning 40%.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto debut, along with an optional power seat and Harmon Kardan audio.  New Eyesight features include rear automatic braking, steering responsive headlights, and high-beam assist.
2013 through 2017

Subaru became the compact SUV to beat with this recent generation.  Introducing a continuously variable transmission and new 2.0 liter engine lifted fuel economy to 33 mpg highway.  Other new features included the optional Eyesight driver assistance system. Subaru hit the styling bullseye, producing one of the coolest looking utility vehicles available.  Outward visibility remains outstanding.  Subaru's first hybrid powerplant appeared in the 2014 Crosstrek.

2008 through 2011

Subaru stretched the wheelbase on this generation, appealing to a much broader audience who required more room for people, dogs, and gear.    

2002 through 2007

The previous generation lacked refinement, so Subaru upped its game with a standard 2.5 liter engine, modern interior, and side airbags.  Exterior styling went from weird to handsome.   

1996 through 2001

Subaru introduced the Impreza Outback Sport in 1996 with a 2.2 liter
Boxer engine by adding a long-travel suspension and styling we call "rugged whizbang."  Added equipment included crossbars, hood scoop, two tone paint, and phat fog lights.  It looks a little goofy today, but this car really pioneered the mini-ute craze in the industry that is just now coming into full bloom.

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